A butterfly cinquain for Colleen’s weekly prompt.



stoppered, some would

pounce, hope for a message,

keen to share nefariously


romantic story. I pick you

up, put you in the bin,

search for coloured


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

29 thoughts on “Litter”

      1. Don’t think so, Jane! 😉 The humanity of the Western Territories is once again on the recycling trip. Instead of a bottle mail for example, Asia gets plastic waste (with informative labels). I once heard years ago that there was similar rubbish in a damaged punching ball – Made in Korea. Call it “payback”. Lol Michael

    1. I am such a cynic and amateur detective. That bottle is far too clean and new looking to have an old message in it 🙂 And who wants to get involved with the kind of people who put messages in bottles for fun and expect you to phone them up and congratulate them?

      1. What if it was from someone with too much leisure time and too little to occupy it wanting you to get in touch and start a beautiful friendship based on your absolutely mindblowing discovery? Throw it back in the sea?

      2. I don’t think it’s irrational. I never answer my phone if I don’t recognize the number. If they know me, they have other ways to get in touch.

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